Chances are, if you own a home, you have had a leak in your plumbing at one point or another. Whether it is a leaking toilet or faucet, there is nothing more frustrating that having a plumbing problem that needs to fixed urgently that is causing damage to your home as each moment goes by. You can avoid such situations with annual plumbing inspections in your home. In addition to preventing damage to your home caused by leaking water, you can also avoid the frustration and expense associated with emergency repairs.
Homeowners tend to think of regular service for parts of their home like the furnace or air-conditioner. These inspections are important, but there are other areas of the home that should be regularly inspected as well. Your home’s plumbing plays a vital role in your day-to-day life. Water is delivered to sinks, toilets, showers, water heaters, humidifiers and more. Each of these areas, if leaking, can cause structural damage to your home, mold to develop and compromise the efficiency of your systems. As with any situation, preventative maintenance is always less expensive and time consuming than waiting for problems to arise.
What areas does a visible plumbing inspection review?
- Toilets: A toilet can leak very slowly and without detection. These kind of leaks cause damage to flooring and subflooring below the toilet, as well as to walls and surrounding moldings.
- Sink faucets and drains: Sink cabinets are useful areas for storage, but can also hide leaks that are occurring over time. Not only can the items you have stored be ruined, but the cabinet and flooring below can be damaged as well. If your sink drips, you are also losing money on your monthly utility bill.
- Water heaters: A water heater, if leaking or not well maintained, will not work as efficiently and cost you money with your monthly utility bill.
- Tubs and Showers: Much of your plumbing for a shower or tub is in the floor or in the wall behind your tile. A good plumbing inspection can detect leaks behind panels and prevent rot and mold from developing. In addition, small drips from the tub and shower faucets can cost you big money over time with your water bills.
- Exterior hose bibs: Small leaks outside your home are easy to miss and can cost you in water bills and in damage that can be caused by having the foundation of your home constantly wet.
- Waste drainage systems: Making sure that water and waste can properly exit your home is important. When these systems fail, the costs associated with repair and cleaning can be very high.
Having an annual inspection is as easy as picking up the phone and contacting the experts at SSI about their visible inspection program. They will help you find problems before they damage your home and cost you money and time. Your home will run more efficiently and you can avoid the frustration and time that emergency plumbing problems can cause.